Professor's co-authored book receives prestigious British Academy prize
The Peter Townsend Policy Press Prize was awarded to Professor Webster alongside co-authors Professor Tracy Shildrick and Professor Robert MacDonald of Teesside University and Kayleigh Garthwaite of Durham University last night during the Academy's Annual General Meeting in London. It will be formally presented on 14 November.
This prize is awarded by the Academy every two years for outstanding work with policy relevance and academic merit in one of the fields to which Professor Peter Townsend made a major contribution. Professor Townsend was one of the most distinguished global figures in contemporary social policy and sociology.
This is a highly prestigious prize as the British Academy has involved many of Britain's most distinguished scholars in the humanities and social sciences.
The British Academy is the UK's national body which champions and supports the humanities and social sciences. It is an independent, self-governing fellowship of scholars, elected for their distinction in research and publication.
'Poverty and Insecurity: Life in Low-pay, No-pay Britain' was published in 2012 and documents an empirical study which tested whether work indeed redeems poverty over years, periodically asking the same individuals about their lives over the period 1998 to 2009 as they cycled between work and welfare.